New WhatsApp Update May Ban Screenshots Of Conversations

Taking screenshots of your private WhatsApp conversations could soon be a thing of the past, with the advent of a long rumoured authentication feature.

The authentication feature lets users set fingerprint access to their conversations, protecting them from being exposed to anyone who has the device in their hands

According to WaBetaInfo, the upcoming feature called Authentication will also reportedly stop people from taking screenshots of private conversations when it is enabled.

However WaBetaInfo says that in an illogical twist, Authentication blocks those who enabled it from taking screenshots but doesn’t seem to block other users from taking a screenshot of your chats. (Assuming of course these other users didn’t also enable the Authentication feature.)

The change is part of a suite of security changes on the messaging platform, although it has yet to be rolled out on WhatsApp.

WaBetaInfo doesn’t explain why the feature is being developed this way and not the other way round, where other people are banned from taking a screenshot of your conversation or where you are at least notified when other people do so – a security feature currently available on Snapchat.

However, this new feature is only in the testing stages and it is not unclear whether it will ever be made available for all users.